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Mrs. Tilley's Tea Party
Lady Alice Tilley / Rachel Belyea / Gertrude Carpenter / Augusta Slipp

Gertrude Carpenter

Gertrude Carpenter

Mrs. Tilley also invited Mrs. Isaac Wellington Carpenter to her party. Known as Gertey in her youth, Anna Gertrude Carpenter was born about 1860, the daughter of Charles and Clarissa Carpenter, Queenstown, and had at least two siblings, a sister Ida and a brother, Arthur. On 6 June 1888, Gertrude married Isaac Wellington Carpenter, a farmer at Wickham. Similar to Lady Tilley, Gertrude was also a second wife and also married a politician. Isaac Carpenter served on the County Council for several years, sat on the Deacon's Board of the local Baptist Church for forty years, was a strong advocate of Temperance and was first elected to the Provincial Legislature as a Liberal in an 1896 by-election. Isaac Carpenter won two more elections but was defeated in 1908 and again in 1912.

Along with having three children of her own with Isaac Carpenter, two sons and a daughter, Gertrude also raised Isaac's son from his first marriage to Ida Worden. Two children went west, one stayed at home and farmed, and the daughter became a teacher in Nova Scotia. Gertrude Caprenter died 25 June 1937.

Gertrude's black silk and lace dress shows that the women of rural Queens County were not strangers to the latest fashions. The handmade gown dates to about 1910 when women had shaken off the restrictions of Victoriana with looser fitting gowns, simpler decorations and higher waists giving a much more modern silhouette. The simplicity of the exterior, however, belies the complexity of the dress construction; dozens of hooks and eyes on the interior and elaborate seams provide the "new look". This gown was purportedly worn to a Provincial Ball during Isaac Carpenter's term in office.

Gertrude Carpenter

 

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